FORMER Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements taught Horsham College students about body image, the magazine industry and the secrets to success on Friday.
Leadership Wimmera organised Clements to visit Horsham.
While in the city she also spoke with people at Wesley Performing Arts Centre and was the guest speaker at a Leadership Wimmera graduation.
Horsham College teacher Nellie Op de Coul organised through Leadership Wimmera for Clements to speak to students.
She said year nine girls and selected senior students joined in a question-and-answer forum with Clements.
Teacher Tina Fitzgerald joined in the talk. She said students were interested in what Clements had to say and got a lot out of it.
“They were quite interested in hearing about her career at Vogue and how she got started,’’ she said.
“She was a secretary but she always offered to do any jobs out there. That grew into her getting more responsibility.’’
Ms Fitzgerald said body image was also a popular topic.
She said it was eye opening to hear how sick models made themselves to fit a certain body shape, including eating tissues because they had no calories.
“She also talked about the value of the team around her and how that was really important for the success of any business,’’ she said.
“She trusted their opinions and let them be creative – there was no micro-managing.’’
Ms Fitzgerald said visual communications students benefited from hearing about the design of a magazine.
She said Clements encouraged students to be creative and to do something no-one had ever done before.
“She gave them advice for when they’re on work experience to be interested,’’ she said.
“Don’t wait to be told – take initiative.’’